University: University of California Berkeley
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: Other courses
For those who haven’t heard the name, Berkeley is a city in the greater San Francisco area. The university is ranked among the best in the USA/world in several programs. During a six-week summer session, I attended two business courses at the Haas School of Business: Marketing and Organizational Behaviour, which, at least in my case, are also counted as main study exams in Germany. In my experience, these two courses keep you busy, especially if you want to have a little free time to explore the area. The lessons were very much based on examples and, in my opinion, are easier to teach than one German university. But the whole thing is easily compensated for by the scope. One to two elaborations per week and a total of 3 group projects, two of which were presentations, as well as multiple choice tests at the end of the six weeks, took up quite a bit of time. The weekends were actually always free and then the “Bay Area” is the ideal starting point for excursions. Downtown San Francisco with its sights such as Pier 39 or Alcatraz is easily accessible by subway (called BART) and after a night at the club, you can take a shared taxi, also for $10 per person. back home. If you rent a car, the beaches of SF, Santa Cruz or the beautiful landscapes in Napa Valley or Yosemite National Park are great for a weekend trip. Visit jibin123.com to get information about Semester Abroad In San Jose State University.
Berkeley itself has some nice cafes and bars and definitely has a great flair, but it’s not exactly “the place to be” at the weekend.
As for living, my dorm room was not the cheapest option (you can find private rooms on www.craigslist.com), but definitely the most comfortable. I shared a 2-bed room in the so-called units with a roommate. The units are close to the campus (walking distance) and the rental agreement includes full board. The food is good to ok. At the beginning, the selection in the canteen was even larger than towards the end. Otherwise, the units offer decent accommodation, an orientation week, a good computer center and the opportunity to meet people quickly. Another alternative is the International House, but I can’t say much about it.
Finally, a tip for everyone who decides to spend a summer in Berkeley: go to “Strada” to study and do it over a latte or americano!
What and where is that???…you’ll find out.